What’s The Perfect Dog Poop?
Just a normal Saturday morning for Jake laying on the bed relaxing!
- Soggy, leaves residue, and loses form when picked up
- Soggy pile rather than log shaped
- Piles or spots, has texture when picked up
Causes of dog constipation:
- Too much or too little dietary fibre
- Not enough exercise
- Blocked or infected anal glands
- Excessive self-grooming (if there is dog hair in the stools)
- Not enough grooming (if there is matted hair around your dog’s back end)
- Objects like gravel, bones, plants or plastic caught in the intestinal tract
- A side effect of medication
- Dehydration (a possible symptom of more serious diseases)
Causes of dog diarrhea:
- A stressful event like adopting a new dog, the arrival of a new family member, moving home etc
- Quickly switching to a new dog food
- Eating food designed for humans
- New medication
- Drinking water from a puddle or stagnant pond
- It could also be an indicator of another disease or infection
- Eaton spoiled food
- Poisonous substance such as plants
- Swallowing a foreign substance
- Bacterial Infection
- Chocolate Brown – normal
- Green – excessive grass consumption or gall bladder issue
- Orange/Yellow – biliary or liver issue
- Red streaks – blood in the stool, check for tears around the anus
- Black and Tarry – may mean bleeding in the upper GI tract
- Grey and Greasyt – may be a pancreas or biliary issue
- White spots – may be a sign of tape worms
- Separation from you
- Changes in your household or their environment
- The introduction of a new pet or family member, even if they are destined to become best friends!
How to reduce your dog’s risk of stress diarrhea:
- If you know your dog might be experiencing a stressful change or situation, like being boarded while you go on vacation, call your vet and ask for a pro-biotic supplement. A probiotic adds beneficial bacteria to your dog’s intestine to restore balance.
- Gradually ease your pet into a new situation rather than making the change all of a sudden.
- Make sure you keep them on dog food only and do not feed them people food like pork or anything greasy.
Natural remedies to help with diarrhea:
- Rice water: Boil high-quality rice in a lot of water, remove the grains, and offer the dog the creamy white soup that’s left. A splash of broth or a bit baby food will make it more palatable.
- White rice
- Canned pumpkin (plain, not prepared pie filling) has the odd distinction of being effective for diarrhea and constipation.
- Yogurt, which has beneficial bacteria, can help in dogs who can tolerate milk and milk products.
- Boiled potatoes, without skin
- Cottage cheese
- Plain protein sources such as egg (prepared with no butter or oil) or chicken (without skin)
- Herbs, such as fennel, have gut-soothing properties
- Specially-formulated dog foods: Some manufacturers offer foods that can sooth stomach problems. You may need to obtain these from your vet.
- Over-the-counter medications for humans may also be effective for doggie diarrhea, but should be given with caution and you should talk to your vet before using them.
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